SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 – DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS
Drowsy driving crashes can happen any time, but most consistently occur
late at night, in the early pre-dawn hours, or in the mid-afternoon. Every
year, the time change disrupts sleep patterns and may result in sleep-deprived
drivers struggling with concentration behind the wheel. That phenomenon typically expresses itself with the day feeling longer because people’s internal clocks will, at the outset, still have them waking up an hour early. You could also feel tired earlier in the evening - overlapping with commute hours - until your body adjusts.
Slow down and be more watchful of children getting off buses as schools are headed back to the classroom. Look for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks. Remember, children do not easily estimate vehicle speeds and often misjudge when it is safe to cross the street when a vehicle is approaching. Combined with external factors along with time change, be sure to remain vigilant, even after your body adjusts.